Thursday, April 30, 2009

Walgreen's shopping 4/30/09

I was very disappointed to find out today that Walgreen's has discontinued their rebate catalog in favor of their Register Rewards. However, I still got some good deals. At first the cashier tried to tell me I could not combine Register Rewards with a manufacturer's coupon if I was only buying one item, but the manager came over and told her how to override it.

Transaction #1
Bayer Quick Release 4 ct - sale for $2.49, used $1 manufacturer coupon and received $2.50 in Register Rewards (RR) for next purchase.
Total OOP (out of pocket): $1.49

Transaction #2
Nivea Body Wash - sale for $4.99. Used $2.50 RR from Transaction #1 and $1 manufacturer coupon. Received $5 RR for next purchase
Total OOP: $1.49

Transaction #3
4 Pepsi 8pk - sale 4 for $10. Used $5 RR from Transaction #2 and $1 manufacturer coupon. Received $3 RR for next purchase.
Total OOP: $4.65

Transaction #4
3 Pepsi 2 ltr - on sale 3 for $4. Used $3 RR from Transaction #3.
Total OOP: $1.26

Grand total OOP was $9.22
Retail price was $28.55

Friday, April 24, 2009

meal planning site based on store sales

I recently found out about this site called E-Mealz, I actually signed up for a trial basis last night. Basically, for $1.25 per week (but you have to pay in 12 week increments) you get a meal plan and shopping list for a week based upon the sales of the store of your choice. Publix was one of the choices and I usually shop Publix. And, they had a regular version, a low-fat version and a points version for those on weight watchers. I picked the Points version because we keep TRYING to get on WW! LOL

Anyway, a friend of mine used it and said she had lowered her grocery bill to about $125 or less per week for her family of 6. I figured with adding coupons in, I could get it even lower. The recipes seem good & easy too - not these ones that take hours of prep! here's my menu for this week (this is just for dinners)

Lemon-Basil Pork chops, roasted red potatoes
Baked French Toast, bacon, eggs
Tomato & Broccoli Penne Pasta, salad
Corn tortilla Soup, cauliflower, parmesan crips
Broiled Tilapia, sweet peas, fresh melons
Chicken Burritos, BBQ Chips, apple sauce
Honey Pecan Chicken, carrot puree

Now, some of this I know my family won't eat (like carrot puree, sweet peas or applesauce), but with a few substitutions, it seems pretty reasonable.

Just thought I'd share in case anyone else is interested in giving it a try. Per their rules, I cannot share their recipes but if you go to their site, they'll show you a 2-3 day sample.

CVS Deals 4/23/09

ECB - Extra Care Bucks - store coupons issued by CVS for specific items
OOP- Out of Pocket, total actually paid out
MC - manufacturer coupons

Ok, so I'm really liking the site and the site!

Total retail value of all: 50.89
Total spent: $24.17 plus I still have $2 in ECB's for next trip. Not the GREATEST trip, but still good

Transaction #1
3 John Frieda shampoos - on sale for $5 each, get $5 ECB's back, used 3 MC for $2 off 1 and a ECB for $0.50
Spent $9.45 OOP

Transaction #2
3 Tresemme hair spray =- on sale 3 for $10, get $5 ECB's back, used 3 MC for $1 off 1 and the $5 ECB from transaction #1
Spent $2.33 OOP

Transaction #3
2 Crest Pro Health Rinse - on sale for $2.88 each, get $4 ECT ($2 each), used 2 MC for $1 off 1
1 Breathe Right Strips - $13.99, used $3 ECB that was product specific (ONLY for these), and $1 MC (not the greatest price, but with store & mc it matched the price I'd probably pay at Walmart or Target), also used $5 ECB from Transaction #2
Spent $9.52 OOP

Transaction #4
1 Act Restore Mouthwash, on sale $3.79, get $2 ECB back, used $1 MC
2 cokes
used $4 ECB from transaction #3
Spent $1.96 OOP

Transaction #5
1 Act Restore Mouthwash, on sale $3.79, get $2 ECB back, used $1 MC and $2 ECB from Transaction #4
Spent $0.91 OOP

If I had been thinking better, I would have saved the 2 cokes for the final transaction and used my final $2 ECB and saved a bit more. Oh well, I'll use it later.

I had some other items on my list but they were out of them and then I forgot to get a raincheck!

Also, I looked at the Aveeno deal - spend $25 get $10 ECB's but I wouldn't use the facial skin care so I was only looking at the sunscreens. Seemed like a good deal - just over $4 each with coupons & ecb's, but the bottles were only 3 oz. So, ounce per ounce, there are other brands that would be less and still quality brands. For example, Banana Boat was on sale for $6.99 and it was an 8 oz bottle. I'm sure Walmart or Target would be even cheaper.